Category Archives for "Personal Performance"

Do You Set Up Your Teams for Checklist Failure? 6 Steps to Checklist Success

Checklist , Communication Skills , Personal Performance , Team Performance

Checklists reduce death rates in hospitals by almost half, yet most hospitals fail when trying to use them. You might not be working in a hospital, but what they leaned will improve your teams… In any given surgical procedure, the number of steps and procedures that must be followed exactly can be huge. The chances […]

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I didn’t get killed or crash the jet, but blindly following the checklist…

Checklist , Communication Skills , Work-Life

I didn’t get killed or crash the jet, but blindly following the checklist without considering the context created my most embarrassing moment. It was a typical summer afternoon at the US Air Force base in Arizona where as a lieutenant I was learning to fly a twin-engine jet. A “typical summer day” for Arizona means […]

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The Best Excel Checklist

Checklist , Excel , Formatting , Personal Performance , Productivity Improvement

This Excel checklist template has a lot of features. It’s easy to create and modify and it could save you from serious mistakes. If you or your co-workers do important, repetitive tasks where a missed step could cause injury, failure, or serious problems, then you need to use a checklist. Download the Best Excel Checklist […]

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The Top 17 Best Business and Personal Productivity Tips

Charts , Creativity , Dashboards , Decision Making , Excel , Four Quadrant Model , Goals and Objectives , Strategy , Strategy Map , SWOT Analysis and Action Plan , SWOT Analysis and Action Plan , Time Management , Tips , Top Best Tips

Last week’s newsletter contained the Top 25 Excel Dashboard Tips by page views from the last 15 months of Critical to Success. This week’s list has the 17 Most Popular Personal Productivity and Business Performance Tips from the last 15 months. A few of these productivity and performance tips are in both lists, because they use Excel […]

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Do You Have What It Takes? The Skills 1,261 Recruiters Value Most

Career , Communication Skills , Creativity , Decision Making , Personal Performance , Strategy , Work-Life

Bloomberg Business reporters Francesca Levy and Christopher Cannon completed the Bloomberg annual survey of which job skills are most valued in managers. They reported their results on Bloomberg.com on February 9, 2016. I thought this was something you might find of value in your career and learning decisions. I hope you do find it of […]

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Time and Project Management with an Even More Advanced Gantt Chart in Excel

Charts , Excel , Excel Project Management , Project Management , Project Management , Time Management

This advanced Gantt Chart in Excel has the basic scrolling Gantt Chart and custom weekends and holidays, but it also includes alerts for percent complete, email links to task leads, Work Breakdown Structure numbering (WBS), and filters to show only the tasks and date ranges you want. If you are managing personal tasks or small […]

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Time and Project Management with an Advanced Gantt Chart in Excel

Charts , Excel , Excel Project Management , Functions , Project Management , Project Management , Time Management

This tutorial shows you how to take the basic Excel Gantt Chart and add conditional formatting so the Gantt chart shows today’s date, custom holidays, and custom weekends. Changing the WORKDAYS.INTL function will also adjust the end date to account for non-working custom weekends and holidays. A Gantt Chart in Excel is a powerful way […]

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The Trapeze Theory of Change – Great Dashboards Don’t Help if Nothing Changes

Personal Performance , Strategy , Team Performance , Work-Life

As readers of Critical to Success I’m going to assume you are interested in improving your own performance and productivity and that of your organization. To do that you usually have to help people and cultures improve their performance and that is difficult. CHANGE IS DIFFICULT. Thankfully, there are some Leadership Tools that help. This […]

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How to Create a SWOT Analysis

Career , Personal Performance , Project Management , Strategy , SWOT Analysis and Action Plan , SWOT Analysis and Action Plan

A SWOT analysis can help you discover the best direction to move, strengths you can take advantage of, and weaknesses you need to avoid or shore up. Making a SWOT analysis worthwhile takes brainstorming, discussion, arguing, prioritizing, and finally, executing an action plan. It should break new ground and create new insights into developing a […]

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How to Create a SWOT Action Plan

Career , Personal Performance , Project Management , Strategy , SWOT Analysis and Action Plan , SWOT Analysis and Action Plan

There’s not much point in creating a SWOT analysis unless it causes change. If the SWOT analysis just produces a lot of good discussion and then gets put away in a book, it’s not of much value. You need a system where the SWOT analysis will drive action. That system is the SWOT Action Plan. […]

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